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nerdy; stargazer; legend in my own mind; wannabe photographer, may post occasional spider pictures - you have been warned!

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2017-01-31 21:18:40 (55 comments; 13 reshares; 371 +1s; )Open 

Portrait of a Wolf

I enjoy watching these animals. It's easy to see the relationship with our canine friends, but wolves are something more. They are fierce, alert, and independent. A true pleasure to observe from a safe vantage point. 

Most reshares: 31

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2017-02-05 09:37:24 (47 comments; 31 reshares; 515 +1s; )Open 

Superb Owl Day

Thanks to a friend for alerting me about today. I think this is a pretty darn superb specimen.

Enjoy your day and celebration of owls! Athena would be pleased. I certainly am.


h/t +Sandy B

Most plusones: 515

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2017-02-05 09:37:24 (47 comments; 31 reshares; 515 +1s; )Open 

Superb Owl Day

Thanks to a friend for alerting me about today. I think this is a pretty darn superb specimen.

Enjoy your day and celebration of owls! Athena would be pleased. I certainly am.


h/t +Sandy B

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2017-03-22 19:16:01 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Glitch in the Plus?

It seems my old reliable trick of checking circles to make sure I see folks' posts is borked. Apparently only +Eve Aebi and +Armida Evony have anything for me to see according to the algorithm.

crickets here.. Guess I'll check in again in a few hours.



Glitch in the Plus?

It seems my old reliable trick of checking circles to make sure I see folks' posts is borked. Apparently only +Eve Aebi and +Armida Evony have anything for me to see according to the algorithm.

crickets here.. Guess I'll check in again in a few hours.

___

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2017-03-22 18:19:20 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 59 +1s; )Open 

For people in the USA on August 21, 2017 the eclipse will be visible coast-to-coast. It should be a great event and even should there be bad weather in some parts of the country lots of people will see it. Even people not in the path of totality should have a very good chance to see a great partial eclipse.


http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/space/why-scientists-are-so-excited-about-solar-eclipse-n735691

For people in the USA on August 21, 2017 the eclipse will be visible coast-to-coast. It should be a great event and even should there be bad weather in some parts of the country lots of people will see it. Even people not in the path of totality should have a very good chance to see a great partial eclipse.


http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/space/why-scientists-are-so-excited-about-solar-eclipse-n735691___

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2017-03-21 20:04:30 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

It is probably more important than ever for scientists and science enthusiasts to get involved in science advocacy. Social media can be a useful venue to take science to the streets. Scientists are using social media to boost outreach activities, engage in activism, and get the public informed and energized about all things science. Dr. Bill Sullivan

It is probably more important than ever for scientists and science enthusiasts to get involved in science advocacy. Social media can be a useful venue to take science to the streets. Scientists are using social media to boost outreach activities, engage in activism, and get the public informed and energized about all things science. Dr. Bill Sullivan___

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2017-03-19 17:07:53 (8 comments; 3 reshares; 78 +1s; )Open 

Another of a wild bee (Osmia bicornis? female) on my little nest box.

feel free to zoom in.

Another of a wild bee (Osmia bicornis? female) on my little nest box.

feel free to zoom in.___

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2017-03-19 15:52:54 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

Same snowdrop+iris combination a few minutes later at f/8. Difference is pretty obvious, eh?

Same snowdrop+iris combination a few minutes later at f/8. Difference is pretty obvious, eh?___

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2017-03-19 15:48:21 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

Tried to get a snowdrop with irises in the background wide open (f2.8) on my macro. It's quite a shallow depth of field even on my crop sensor camera. I like the colors though. The wild bees enjoyed these early blossoms. Right now they have crocusses. I guess it will be April before the tulips blossom. 

Tried to get a snowdrop with irises in the background wide open (f2.8) on my macro. It's quite a shallow depth of field even on my crop sensor camera. I like the colors though. The wild bees enjoyed these early blossoms. Right now they have crocusses. I guess it will be April before the tulips blossom. ___

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2017-03-18 23:38:02 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 35 +1s; )Open 

Local artwork.

For Holzgerlingen's 1000 year celebration in 2007, Edgar Haydl created 85 epoxy ravens (36) and owls(50). They are the animals on the town's heraldry. The statues are 2m tall. Each was painted by locals from Kindergarten classes to artists to seniors in rest homes.

These two are near the old trainstation (now a Biergarten). 

Local artwork.

For Holzgerlingen's 1000 year celebration in 2007, Edgar Haydl created 85 epoxy ravens (36) and owls(50). They are the animals on the town's heraldry. The statues are 2m tall. Each was painted by locals from Kindergarten classes to artists to seniors in rest homes.

These two are near the old trainstation (now a Biergarten). ___

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2017-03-18 22:21:04 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

Actually Enjoyed It

I'm not a fan of musicals and dance numbers but I actually enjoyed seeing LaLa Land. Most of you have already seen it so I'm not going to go into the plot.

A few things I really liked were related to the (cinema)photography. The colors were simple, bold, and crisp. The camera often used a very shallow depth of field and lots of background bokeh. Lighting was of course excellent. The last movie I remember noticing and enjoy so many photographic effects was Walter Mitty (too bad the plot was thin). I was also impressed with Emma Stone's expressiveness. I knew her name but I don't think I ever watched her star in anything like this.

Another nice touch for me was the Griffith Observatory. And of course the music.

Quite an enjoyable film as a change of pace from my regular science fiction / super-hero / adventure fare. ... more »

Actually Enjoyed It

I'm not a fan of musicals and dance numbers but I actually enjoyed seeing LaLa Land. Most of you have already seen it so I'm not going to go into the plot.

A few things I really liked were related to the (cinema)photography. The colors were simple, bold, and crisp. The camera often used a very shallow depth of field and lots of background bokeh. Lighting was of course excellent. The last movie I remember noticing and enjoy so many photographic effects was Walter Mitty (too bad the plot was thin). I was also impressed with Emma Stone's expressiveness. I knew her name but I don't think I ever watched her star in anything like this.

Another nice touch for me was the Griffith Observatory. And of course the music.

Quite an enjoyable film as a change of pace from my regular science fiction / super-hero / adventure fare.

Have a great weekend!
___

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2017-03-18 10:35:56 (4 comments; 2 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

This one looks too good to pass up. I guess I'll be getting new pants to handle the expanded waistline.

Nutella tiramisù no-bake cake

https://tinascookings.blogspot.com/2017/03/nutella-tiramisu-no-bake-cake.html

My, my, how time flies! It is almost the 7th birthday of Tina's Cookings!
Seven years. Can you believe it?
And it's only normal to celebrate a birthday with cake, right?

#chocolate #nutella #tiramisu #tinascookings___This one looks too good to pass up. I guess I'll be getting new pants to handle the expanded waistline.

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2017-03-17 07:24:46 (21 comments; 1 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality. correction by Lewis Carroll (Douglas Adams)

of course maybe in my alternate reality Douglas Adams was Lewis Carroll

Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality. correction by Lewis Carroll (Douglas Adams)

of course maybe in my alternate reality Douglas Adams was Lewis Carroll___

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2017-03-15 20:28:27 (20 comments; 3 reshares; 97 +1s; )Open 

Nothing but the tooth

I love the Shelf-Life videos by the +American Museum of Natural History !

Nothing but the tooth

I love the Shelf-Life videos by the +American Museum of Natural History !___

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2017-03-13 23:06:29 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 58 +1s; )Open 

A wild bee enjoys an early blossoming iris in my garden.

A wild bee enjoys an early blossoming iris in my garden.___

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2017-03-13 22:49:35 (13 comments; 1 reshares; 76 +1s; )Open 

Wild Bees Nesting

The first bees have been very busy outside my home office window. This is a snapshot of my "insect hotel" I took with my smartphone. I am reasonably confident these are Osmia cornuta bees. The male has white hairs on his face. The female is in flight. 

Wild Bees Nesting

The first bees have been very busy outside my home office window. This is a snapshot of my "insect hotel" I took with my smartphone. I am reasonably confident these are Osmia cornuta bees. The male has white hairs on his face. The female is in flight. ___

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2017-03-13 22:40:56 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 57 +1s; )Open 

Spring has arrived in my garden!

Early flowers because I like them have an added benefit of giving the early wild bees something to visit. I've had quite a few of the Osmia cornuta visit my "insect hotel" and log with holes drilled out for their nests.

A tiny iris. I planted them with snowdrops. I'm rather partial to irises. 

Spring has arrived in my garden!

Early flowers because I like them have an added benefit of giving the early wild bees something to visit. I've had quite a few of the Osmia cornuta visit my "insect hotel" and log with holes drilled out for their nests.

A tiny iris. I planted them with snowdrops. I'm rather partial to irises. ___

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2017-03-10 06:50:23 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 83 +1s; )Open 

Nuisance Flooding

So, at what point should policy makers invest in protective infrastructure measures? This is where scientists can provide tools to help policy makers, who should consider whether the cost of nuisance flooding will become high enough to justify major infrastructural investments. By analyzing the average hourly water levels compiled at tide gauges over the past 60 years, along with the property values of unprotected coastal property for 11 cities and counties in the United States, the researchers estimated the cost of nuisance flooding.

article by +Neha Jain 

Nuisance Flooding

So, at what point should policy makers invest in protective infrastructure measures? This is where scientists can provide tools to help policy makers, who should consider whether the cost of nuisance flooding will become high enough to justify major infrastructural investments. By analyzing the average hourly water levels compiled at tide gauges over the past 60 years, along with the property values of unprotected coastal property for 11 cities and counties in the United States, the researchers estimated the cost of nuisance flooding.

article by +Neha Jain ___

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2017-03-10 06:48:18 (4 comments; 3 reshares; 41 +1s; )Open 

Following Scent Trails

The bees proved careful and canny readers. Not only did they use other bees’ scent marks to decide which flowers to probe, but they also considered the source of the scent when making that decision. An individual bee could easily differentiate between the smell of its own feet (trustworthy), those of its family members (very trustworthy), and those of strangers (not a reliable source of floral information).

via +Mental Floss h/t +Meirav M.

Following Scent Trails

The bees proved careful and canny readers. Not only did they use other bees’ scent marks to decide which flowers to probe, but they also considered the source of the scent when making that decision. An individual bee could easily differentiate between the smell of its own feet (trustworthy), those of its family members (very trustworthy), and those of strangers (not a reliable source of floral information).

via +Mental Floss h/t +Meirav M.___

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2017-03-08 20:31:39 (26 comments; 8 reshares; 191 +1s; )Open 

from Beatrice Biologist
http://www.beatricebiologist.com/

from Beatrice Biologist
http://www.beatricebiologist.com/___

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2017-03-08 08:00:52 (5 comments; 5 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Science Fundraiser

This is a fundraiser by the group I write for. My work is volunteer. Money goes for things like producing science materials for classrooms and an afterschool science program. Support to help increase the reach is appreciated.

As part of the campaign I'm offering to provide a high resolution photo of wildlife to a certain level of backer (see campaign). It doesn't have to be the fox shown as an example.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/science-connected-bring-science-to-your-screen-education#/



+Kate Stone +Shayna Keyles 

Science Fundraiser

This is a fundraiser by the group I write for. My work is volunteer. Money goes for things like producing science materials for classrooms and an afterschool science program. Support to help increase the reach is appreciated.

As part of the campaign I'm offering to provide a high resolution photo of wildlife to a certain level of backer (see campaign). It doesn't have to be the fox shown as an example.

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/science-connected-bring-science-to-your-screen-education#/



+Kate Stone +Shayna Keyles ___

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2017-03-06 20:27:53 (22 comments; 2 reshares; 73 +1s; )Open 

Great Article by +Kate Stone

The study of public perceptions of scientific uncertainty showed that general attitudes toward scientific fields do not necessarily impact perceptions of individual study results. This suggests that scientists do have an opportunity to inform the public through improved communication. Focusing on individual results may help allay misperceptions and concerns. Broomell and Kane therefore recommend that science communicators focus on sharing the results of a particular study, rather than engaging in the defense of scientific practice more broadly.

#scicomm  

Great Article by +Kate Stone

The study of public perceptions of scientific uncertainty showed that general attitudes toward scientific fields do not necessarily impact perceptions of individual study results. This suggests that scientists do have an opportunity to inform the public through improved communication. Focusing on individual results may help allay misperceptions and concerns. Broomell and Kane therefore recommend that science communicators focus on sharing the results of a particular study, rather than engaging in the defense of scientific practice more broadly.

#scicomm  ___

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2017-03-03 07:14:10 (19 comments; 2 reshares; 160 +1s; )Open 

Useful in Areas Where Elephants are Confined

I think of elephants as free roaming, but in some areas they are actually fenced in and range on preserves. Because they are in an area a long time they can affect trees significantly.

Elephants can impact trees in several ways while feeding, including stripping the bark, breaking branches, and knocking the trees over (felling). In a study conducted in South Africa and published in 2016, we assessed the effectiveness of reducing elephant impact to trees by wrapping wire netting around the bark. We focused on three relatively abundant, large species in the area: false marula (Lannea schweinfurthii), marula (Sclerocarya birrea), and knobthorn (Acacia nigrescens). Since elephants can impact trees in several ways, we assessed the wire netting’s effect on bark stripping, branch breaking, and felling, but expected it to have the biggeste... more »

Useful in Areas Where Elephants are Confined

I think of elephants as free roaming, but in some areas they are actually fenced in and range on preserves. Because they are in an area a long time they can affect trees significantly.

Elephants can impact trees in several ways while feeding, including stripping the bark, breaking branches, and knocking the trees over (felling). In a study conducted in South Africa and published in 2016, we assessed the effectiveness of reducing elephant impact to trees by wrapping wire netting around the bark. We focused on three relatively abundant, large species in the area: false marula (Lannea schweinfurthii), marula (Sclerocarya birrea), and knobthorn (Acacia nigrescens). Since elephants can impact trees in several ways, we assessed the wire netting’s effect on bark stripping, branch breaking, and felling, but expected it to have the biggest effect on bark stripping.


+GotScience.org +Kate Stone ___

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2017-03-02 23:18:31 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Roadrunner at it again

Not satisfied with spoiling Wile E. Coyote's ingenious plans, this roadrunner snacks on hummingbirds.... 

Roadrunner at it again

Not satisfied with spoiling Wile E. Coyote's ingenious plans, this roadrunner snacks on hummingbirds.... ___

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2017-02-28 10:31:14 (36 comments; 2 reshares; 214 +1s; )Open 

Never Met a Dinosaur I Didn't Like

Say hello to Giganotosaurus carolinii. Really quite a nice chap after breakfast.

Repost as the first time didn't seem to work.

Natural History Museum, Helsinki

Never Met a Dinosaur I Didn't Like

Say hello to Giganotosaurus carolinii. Really quite a nice chap after breakfast.

Repost as the first time didn't seem to work.

Natural History Museum, Helsinki___

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2017-02-27 12:24:00 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 48 +1s; )Open 

Finnish pastry. Forgot to write down the name.

Finnish pastry. Forgot to write down the name.___

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2017-02-26 13:27:15 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 58 +1s; )Open 

Our bed and breakfast. Quaint little farm, charming atmosphere, and friendly hosts. Near Lempäälä, Finland. 

Our bed and breakfast. Quaint little farm, charming atmosphere, and friendly hosts. Near Lempäälä, Finland. ___

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2017-02-25 12:01:32 (32 comments; 0 reshares; 84 +1s; )Open 

Getting ready for the wedding.

Getting ready for the wedding.___

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2017-02-25 00:02:52 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 94 +1s; )Open 

Earlier this evening. Pretty neat what you can do with a smartphone.

Earlier this evening. Pretty neat what you can do with a smartphone.___

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2017-02-23 23:17:45 (18 comments; 4 reshares; 77 +1s; )Open 

The thrust exit velocity for the best chemical rocket engine is about 5 km/s. For the VASIMR rocket, the exit velocity is closer to 50 km/s. If your material is exiting 10 times faster, you have to expend 10 times less of it for the same thrust.

It's exciting to imagine the possibilities of this engine if paired with a suitable power supply in orbit. 

The thrust exit velocity for the best chemical rocket engine is about 5 km/s. For the VASIMR rocket, the exit velocity is closer to 50 km/s. If your material is exiting 10 times faster, you have to expend 10 times less of it for the same thrust.

It's exciting to imagine the possibilities of this engine if paired with a suitable power supply in orbit. ___

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2017-02-22 21:32:58 (16 comments; 10 reshares; 193 +1s; )Open 

How I Accidentally Stumbled into Writing about Science and Learned to Love It.

One of the nicest and certainly unanticipated benefits of occasionally writing a short article was that I've gotten to know or even collaborate with some exceptional individuals:

+John Kimbler with unbelievable photos of bees,
http://www.gotscience.org/2016/08/parasitic-bees-natural-born-robbers/

+Don Komarechka and his world-class snowflake photography,
http://www.gotscience.org/2016/06/photographing-snowflakes/

+Yvi San and her gorgeous butterflies
http://www.gotscience.org/2016/08/life-cycle-pipevine-swallowtail-butterfly/

Those are just a few examples of the many talented people my accidental journey has allowed me to meet (at least virtually). It has been very fulfilling and there is so much more to learn about! I hope some of you will... more »

How I Accidentally Stumbled into Writing about Science and Learned to Love It.

One of the nicest and certainly unanticipated benefits of occasionally writing a short article was that I've gotten to know or even collaborate with some exceptional individuals:

+John Kimbler with unbelievable photos of bees,
http://www.gotscience.org/2016/08/parasitic-bees-natural-born-robbers/

+Don Komarechka and his world-class snowflake photography,
http://www.gotscience.org/2016/06/photographing-snowflakes/

+Yvi San and her gorgeous butterflies
http://www.gotscience.org/2016/08/life-cycle-pipevine-swallowtail-butterfly/

Those are just a few examples of the many talented people my accidental journey has allowed me to meet (at least virtually). It has been very fulfilling and there is so much more to learn about! I hope some of you will perhaps also write about science topics, draw, paint or photograph nature and share here on GPlus. You never know where a few posts might take you!

___

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2017-02-20 20:59:28 (18 comments; 4 reshares; 89 +1s; )Open 

Dr. Trinastic starts a series examining science policy. The first part looks at how rising sea levels affect coastal populations.

Dr. Trinastic starts a series examining science policy. The first part looks at how rising sea levels affect coastal populations.___

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2017-02-19 16:19:31 (13 comments; 5 reshares; 66 +1s; )Open 

World's Oldest Cat?

I haven't fact checked it but is it really necessary? It's about a cat. I want to believe this story.


http://shareably.net/31-year-old-cat/?llid=X7yLW&utm_source=lsocial&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=9XxW

World's Oldest Cat?

I haven't fact checked it but is it really necessary? It's about a cat. I want to believe this story.


http://shareably.net/31-year-old-cat/?llid=X7yLW&utm_source=lsocial&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=9XxW___

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2017-02-19 15:24:05 (12 comments; 6 reshares; 121 +1s; )Open 

Art Matters

early results indicate that artistic depictions are substantially more influential than text

While scientists may not show a particular interest in how a fossil is depicted, the artist's interpretation is often what most people remember.

Darren Naish examines some paleoart memes that persisted for decades. 

Art Matters

early results indicate that artistic depictions are substantially more influential than text

While scientists may not show a particular interest in how a fossil is depicted, the artist's interpretation is often what most people remember.

Darren Naish examines some paleoart memes that persisted for decades. ___

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2017-02-19 11:24:38 (31 comments; 18 reshares; 433 +1s; )Open 

Shadow

Everyone knew there were wolves in the mountains, but they seldom came near the village - the modern wolves were the offspring of ancestors that had survived because they had learned that human meat had sharp edges. (Terry Pratchett)

I've been busy and couldn't do any photography for a while. This is a photo from early January. I really admire wolves (well, I find something beautiful and admirable in most animals). This isn't a direwolf like in Game of Thrones but if it were mine I would call it Shadow. For the curious: it's a Canadian timber wolf in the Wildpark at Bad Mergentheim. 

Shadow

Everyone knew there were wolves in the mountains, but they seldom came near the village - the modern wolves were the offspring of ancestors that had survived because they had learned that human meat had sharp edges. (Terry Pratchett)

I've been busy and couldn't do any photography for a while. This is a photo from early January. I really admire wolves (well, I find something beautiful and admirable in most animals). This isn't a direwolf like in Game of Thrones but if it were mine I would call it Shadow. For the curious: it's a Canadian timber wolf in the Wildpark at Bad Mergentheim. ___

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2017-02-14 20:16:50 (26 comments; 9 reshares; 145 +1s; )Open 

“People are not stupid. They believe things for reasons. The last way for skeptics to get the attention of bright, curious, intelligent people is to belittle or condescend or to show arrogance toward their beliefs.”
—Carl Sagan

This book walks the talk. The authors address young-Earth scientists respectfully while establishing a solid refutation of a "young-Earth" (6000 years old). It's a very illuminating read. I learned more about multiple subjects that I understood in general but never took time to look at in detail. The book is edited so that each of the chapters and ideas addressed come together to build a structure that is far more than the sum of its parts.

One of my highlights was the section discussing "what is a bird?" and "what is a dinosaur?". +Emily Willoughby 's artwork accompanies the chapter and definitely is somethingyou wo... more »

“People are not stupid. They believe things for reasons. The last way for skeptics to get the attention of bright, curious, intelligent people is to belittle or condescend or to show arrogance toward their beliefs.”
—Carl Sagan

This book walks the talk. The authors address young-Earth scientists respectfully while establishing a solid refutation of a "young-Earth" (6000 years old). It's a very illuminating read. I learned more about multiple subjects that I understood in general but never took time to look at in detail. The book is edited so that each of the chapters and ideas addressed come together to build a structure that is far more than the sum of its parts.

One of my highlights was the section discussing "what is a bird?" and "what is a dinosaur?". +Emily Willoughby 's artwork accompanies the chapter and definitely is something you won't want to miss.

There's more in the review on +GotScience.org !___

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2017-02-07 20:31:07 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

An interview in +The Guardian by one of my favorite authors.

"Ragnarök", as Gaiman writes in Norse Mythology , is of course “the end” of something. “But there is also what will come after the end,” he adds. In his version the sun comes out. Something glitters in the grass. The gods’ children find a set of golden chess pieces waiting for them. They arrange them on a board, and then one of them makes a move. “And,” Gaiman concludes, “the game begins anew.”

An interview in +The Guardian by one of my favorite authors.

"Ragnarök", as Gaiman writes in Norse Mythology , is of course “the end” of something. “But there is also what will come after the end,” he adds. In his version the sun comes out. Something glitters in the grass. The gods’ children find a set of golden chess pieces waiting for them. They arrange them on a board, and then one of them makes a move. “And,” Gaiman concludes, “the game begins anew.”___

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2017-02-07 18:10:04 (18 comments; 9 reshares; 199 +1s; )Open 

Unusual Encounter

This is one of the stranger interspecies interactions that I have seen. I witnessed a wolf attack a crow. So did the wolfpack and a very vocal murder of crows. It was over within seconds and spoiler no animal died.

These are the photos I mentioned in January, but simply posting photos on social media without context doesn't really convey what happened. Thanks to the team at +GotScience.org for running the photos as a story.

I hope you enjoy the pictures.

Unusual Encounter

This is one of the stranger interspecies interactions that I have seen. I witnessed a wolf attack a crow. So did the wolfpack and a very vocal murder of crows. It was over within seconds and spoiler no animal died.

These are the photos I mentioned in January, but simply posting photos on social media without context doesn't really convey what happened. Thanks to the team at +GotScience.org for running the photos as a story.

I hope you enjoy the pictures.___

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2017-02-06 19:50:31 (13 comments; 18 reshares; 122 +1s; )Open 

Viruses have two methods of taking over cells and replicating. Researchers have found that they communicate with each other to switch to the second method and exercise "birth control". This allows them to survive because the host survives.

Viruses have two methods of taking over cells and replicating. Researchers have found that they communicate with each other to switch to the second method and exercise "birth control". This allows them to survive because the host survives.___

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2017-02-05 09:51:49 (12 comments; 5 reshares; 118 +1s; )Open 

Not just Owls - Falcons too!

Apparently today is also a big day for Falcons.



Not just Owls - Falcons too!

Apparently today is also a big day for Falcons.

___

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2017-02-05 09:37:55 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 90 +1s; )Open 

Definitely belongs with the raptors.

Superb Owl Day

Thanks to a friend for alerting me about today. I think this is a pretty darn superb specimen.

Enjoy your day and celebration of owls! Athena would be pleased. I certainly am.


h/t +Sandy B___Definitely belongs with the raptors.

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2017-02-05 09:37:24 (47 comments; 31 reshares; 515 +1s; )Open 

Superb Owl Day

Thanks to a friend for alerting me about today. I think this is a pretty darn superb specimen.

Enjoy your day and celebration of owls! Athena would be pleased. I certainly am.


h/t +Sandy B

Superb Owl Day

Thanks to a friend for alerting me about today. I think this is a pretty darn superb specimen.

Enjoy your day and celebration of owls! Athena would be pleased. I certainly am.


h/t +Sandy B___

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2017-02-04 11:58:35 (35 comments; 10 reshares; 381 +1s; )Open 

Sleepy Saturday

The fox and I both feel like going back to sleep for a few more hours.

Have a relaxing weekend!



Sleepy Saturday

The fox and I both feel like going back to sleep for a few more hours.

Have a relaxing weekend!

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2017-02-02 22:59:50 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 40 +1s; )Open 

Slipstream

inspired by Kate Tempest. And before anyone asks, yes, I intended it to be fragmented.


Sleep like a gloved hand covers our eyes
The lights are so nice and bright and let's dream
But some of us are stuck like stones in a slipstream
What am I gonna do to wake up?
(from "Europe is Lost" on the album "Let Them Eat Chaos", Kate Tempest )

Slipstream

inspired by Kate Tempest. And before anyone asks, yes, I intended it to be fragmented.


Sleep like a gloved hand covers our eyes
The lights are so nice and bright and let's dream
But some of us are stuck like stones in a slipstream
What am I gonna do to wake up?
(from "Europe is Lost" on the album "Let Them Eat Chaos", Kate Tempest )___

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2017-02-02 22:55:58 (9 comments; 7 reshares; 297 +1s; )Open 

a beautiful picture of Southern sea otters by +Monterey Bay Aquarium

A raft of Southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) resting in Elkhorn Slough ___a beautiful picture of Southern sea otters by +Monterey Bay Aquarium

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2017-02-01 21:03:56 (15 comments; 10 reshares; 182 +1s; )Open 

These new insights into shark genes and immune systems may be only the tip of the iceberg. Time will tell what else sharks have to teach us.

Sharks are fascinating: successful predators for hundreds of millions of years, gifted with excellent immune systems, sleek, and blessed with a bountiful supply of teeth. There are a lot of positives going for them. Maybe we can learn some of their secrets.

+GotScience.org  +Kate Stone 

These new insights into shark genes and immune systems may be only the tip of the iceberg. Time will tell what else sharks have to teach us.

Sharks are fascinating: successful predators for hundreds of millions of years, gifted with excellent immune systems, sleek, and blessed with a bountiful supply of teeth. There are a lot of positives going for them. Maybe we can learn some of their secrets.

+GotScience.org  +Kate Stone ___

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2017-02-01 18:05:44 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 53 +1s; )Open 

Cute Video

Sometimes the smart bird lets the farmer get the worm for them. Here's a video of a smart little bird.

Cute Video

Sometimes the smart bird lets the farmer get the worm for them. Here's a video of a smart little bird.___

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2017-01-31 21:18:40 (55 comments; 13 reshares; 371 +1s; )Open 

Portrait of a Wolf

I enjoy watching these animals. It's easy to see the relationship with our canine friends, but wolves are something more. They are fierce, alert, and independent. A true pleasure to observe from a safe vantage point. 

Portrait of a Wolf

I enjoy watching these animals. It's easy to see the relationship with our canine friends, but wolves are something more. They are fierce, alert, and independent. A true pleasure to observe from a safe vantage point. ___

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2017-01-29 21:22:24 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Resharing to "Public" as well.

Day 10

“... In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. ...”

- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

#resist #NewDarkAge___Resharing to "Public" as well.

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2017-01-29 21:20:18 (14 comments; 9 reshares; 170 +1s; )Open 

Day 10

“... In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. ...”

- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

#resist #NewDarkAge

Day 10

“... In every country, we should be teaching our children the scientific method and the reasons for a Bill of Rights. With it comes a certain decency, humility and community spirit. ...”

- Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

#resist #NewDarkAge___

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2017-01-28 15:24:27 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Chase!

More fun on the ice today.

Maybe I'll go to the lake tonight too. I'm afraid it will soon start to thaw. It's been a good ~2 weeks or so where the ice was thick enough for people (although the city was slow to give the official "ok"). We may be getting a change in the weather though, so it might not be thick enough to be safe by next weekend. 

Chase!

More fun on the ice today.

Maybe I'll go to the lake tonight too. I'm afraid it will soon start to thaw. It's been a good ~2 weeks or so where the ice was thick enough for people (although the city was slow to give the official "ok"). We may be getting a change in the weather though, so it might not be thick enough to be safe by next weekend. ___

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2017-01-28 15:12:29 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 31 +1s; )Open 

Sunny Winter Day

Everyone was happy today. Folks came up and talked to me everywhere I went. I guess it was the good weather that made people so friendly.

I especially enjoyed watching a small group playing ice hockey on our lake.

Photo: I just had my "walkabout" (EF-S 15-85mm) lens but better than nothing, right? 

Sunny Winter Day

Everyone was happy today. Folks came up and talked to me everywhere I went. I guess it was the good weather that made people so friendly.

I especially enjoyed watching a small group playing ice hockey on our lake.

Photo: I just had my "walkabout" (EF-S 15-85mm) lens but better than nothing, right? ___

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2017-01-28 14:49:44 (13 comments; 5 reshares; 144 +1s; )Open 

Iced Ducks

Despite being ducks out of water this pair didn't seem to mind the ice at all.



Iced Ducks

Despite being ducks out of water this pair didn't seem to mind the ice at all.

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